My 4 year old daughter is fine with me dropping her off at school at every day (she is in full day pre-K), but she breaks down in near-hysterical tears almost every day as I'm leaving for work.
I know that this is a big adjustment for her. We used to spend practically all day almost every day together, and now we only get one day a week together all day. I know that she loves school, so that's probably why she's fine with me leaving then, and we only get an hour and a half to two hours together between when I pick her up from school and when I have to leave for work. She is in bed already when I get home from work. I started a new schedule when I got a promotion at the end of the summer, and this is her first time going to school, so I expected issues like this when everything started, but it has been a few months now, and the problem is getting worse instead of better. Her fits used to be less intense. Now they are getting to the point where she is sleeping with a picture of the two of us that we had taken at Chuck-e-Cheese a few months ago! I know she misses me and the severely reduced time together is difficult for her, but I expected this to be getting better by now.
I'm trying to wake her up a little earlier in the morning every day so we get a bit more time together then, and I am trying to do more fun things like going to the park or the library together (with her little sister also) more often during the time we have after school instead of just going home. I am also planning on trying to take her out for some one-on-one time at least once a week, but so far things have not gotten better.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for helping her adjust to the time apart? It's so hard to leave for work when she is balling her little eyes out, begging me to stay home with her. I mean, I have to, of course, so I do (after giving her lots of kisses and hugs and assuring her that I will be back after her bedtime, so she can see me in the morning), but I would greatly appreciate any insight you may have.